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A Program of the Virginia Department of Education

24040 Survey of World Language & Culture

Field of Study

This course is designed to take students on a journey around the world discovering the cultures from a number of countries and five different languages: Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish.

Material Covered

Designed for the middle school student, this course prepares beginner students to undertake the expectations of high school level world language courses and provides them with a high school elective credit upon successful completion. Every seven weeks the students will travel to a new country with a different instructor.

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of assignments including vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking for each module. They will participate in written, audio and video discussion boards. We are a deadline-driven course and students are expected to complete assignments by the due date that is posted. There are late penalties on all late work. Students should study vocabulary on a daily basis for 10-15 minutes, and students can expect to work 6-8 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day. All students must complete the final exam at the end of the course. Vacation weeks like Spring Break may not necessarily correspond with the individual student’s school calendar, and students need to plan accordingly to get in work on time.

Additional Information

This is a modern language course and students need to have access to a way to make speaking assessments in a quiet environment. Students also need access to a microphone and a headset or earbuds in order to do the listening and speaking activities that are required in the course. Access to a telephone is also helpful for speaking assessments.


  • Enrolled in grades 6-12
  • Students have an interest in learning about different cultures.

Course Texts and Materials


  • There is no required textbook for this course.
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